Security Alert

Phishing Alert – March 30

Monday, March 30, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “FIXED-TERM (PART-TIME) FACULTY POSITIONS” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links and attachments before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Extortion Phishing Emails

OIT has received reports that some campus users have received extortion phishing emails. These emails include threatening language and also a compromised password found in a dark web credential dump. The email attempts to scare the recipient into giving up more information, including a Bitcoin payment. To be timely, the email even includes information about the Coronavirus. 

These types of emails are scams. If the password the malicious actor provided in the email is a password you have used, change it anywhere you may have used that password. Do not provide any further information, and delete the email. If you have any further concerns, contact OIT security at security@ua.edu.

Phishing Alert – Feb. 29

Saturday, Feb. 29, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “Internship opportunity or Temporary Personal Assistant” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Phishing Alert – Feb. 28

Friday, Feb. 28, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA PART-TIME JOB OFFER” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

2020 Tax Tips

Some data suggests that tax fraud is declining in response to increased security from the IRS and private entities, but that doesn’t mean hackers have given up hope! Beware of the following tax scams this tax season.

Phone Scams

Do not fall for scam phone calls where the caller pretends to be the IRS – this includes voicemails! Mobile phone service providers have gotten better at marking spam calls, but that does not prevent scammers from leaving voicemail messages. Some may request sensitive information while others request wire transfers. Remember that the IRS relies on traditional mail, not phone calls or emails.

Phishing Emails

Phishing remains the weapon of choice for scammers. In phishing emails, hackers pose as legitimate organizations such as banks, credit card companies or government organizations. According to the FTC, a typical consumer who is tricked by an IRS phishing email loses $1,000 in the scam. Remember the red flags of phishing.

Accountant Fraud

According to the IRS, almost 54% of taxpayers use a paid tax preparer. Do your research and use a credible tax partner or service. Ask your accountant what cybersecurity data precautions they have in place. You are the customer, and you have a right to know!

Protect your Information

Do not give out any personal information over the phone or email, and remember that should the IRS need to contact you, they will reach out through mail.

If you have any sensitive, tax documentation on your computer, remember to delete it after use. For example, if you download tax documents from myBama, remember to delete the file from your downloads folder after printing or storing in a secure environment. Review additional cybersecurity tips on the OIT website, and contact the IT Service Desk if you have any questions.

Phishing Alert – Feb. 13

Thursday, Feb. 13, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “UA PART TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Phishing Alert – Jan. 20

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “STUDENT EMPLOYMENT” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft products, the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution.

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged-on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

January 14, Microsoft released patches to address these vulnerabilities. OIT will be pushing patches to OIT-supported servers, applications and workstations in the coming days.

Phishing Alert – Jan. 11

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2019, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “STUDENT INTERNSHIP” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Phishing Alert – Jan. 7

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “ALABAMA PART TIME JOB OFFER FOR STUDENTS” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.